Credit: Axiom Space

Mark Pathy is a Canadian businessman and commercial astronaut. He is the CEO of Mavrik, a privately owned Canadian investment company and he is also the chairman of the publicly traded Canadian media and entertainment company Stingray Group. In January 2021, it was announced that Mark Pathy paid for a seat on board SpaceX Axiom Space-1 as a mission specialist alongside Larry Connor, Eytan Stibbe and Michael López-Alegría. This privately funded spaceflight was operated by the American space company Axiom Space. It was the first all-private astronaut mission to the International Space Station (ISS) and a pivotal step toward Axiom Station, the world's first commercial space station. Mark Pathy was launched on April 9, 2022 and stayed in space for more than 17 days. For his trip to space, he paid $50 million.

Astronaut info

Country: Canada Canada
Born: July, 1969
  • CEO of Mavrik
  • Chairman of Stingray Group
Space missions:
  • Ax-1 (2022)
Spacewalks 0
Time in space 17d 1h 48m
Website: /

Space mission overview

Mission Date launch Rocket Launch base Orbit Spacecraft Title Patch Duration
Ax-1 08/04/2022

Kennedy Space Center (USA) 585 km SpaceX Crew Dragon Mission Specialist 2 Ax-1 17 days, 1 hours
Axiom Mission 1 (Ax-1) was a privately funded and operated crewed mission to the International Space Station (ISS). The mission was operated by Axiom Space out of Axiom's Mission Control Center in Houston, Texas. This private space mission started on 8 April 2022 and the Crew Dragon spacecraft of SpaceX was launched atop a Falcon 9 Block 5 launch vehicle from Kennedy Space Center's Launch Complex 39A. A day later the Crew Dragon spacecraft docked with the International Space Station (ISS). During their days aboard the ISS, the private crew conducted more than 25 different research experiments. Mark Pathy became the third Canadian private astronaut, after Guy Laliberté and William Shatner, and 12th Canadian overall in space. Bad weather in the landing zone delayed the return of the Ax-1 crew with several days. As result the crew spent 16 days docked to the ISS for a total of 17 days in orbit.

Video: Ax-1 Mission Specialist Mark Pathy



Images: Axiom Space

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This article was published by FutureSpaceFlight founder and chief editor Kris Christiaens. Kris Christiaens has been passionate and fascinated by spaceflight and space exploration all his life and has written hundreds of articles on space projects, the commercial space industry and space missions over the past 20 years for magazines, books and websites. In late 2021, he founded the website FutureSpaceFlight with the goal of promoting new space companies and commercial space projects and compiling news of these start-ups and companies on one website.